Being the best is predicated on great teams. Creating great teams requires everyone using their strengths. We are constantly working on being OUR best, but are we constantly helping others be THEIR best? How often are you encouraging those around you?
Sometimes we get so caught up in competing with our coworkers that we don’t take the time to congratulate them on their achievements. In sales, we are trying to grab the next great client, before our teammates do. In retail, we are always vying for the boss’s approval, so we can get that next promotion. In the office, we are trying to put in our time for the next raise and more seniority.
We spend so much time trying to beat everyone else that we forget to cheer them on. Everyone loves to be congratulated and that means your peers too. By creating a positive atmosphere, we are helping others do well, along with ourselves. Great teams require great motivation. We must put more effort into helping others become their best. That way they will return the favor. Life is too short not to share it with your coworkers. Inspire the best in others and you will have a team like you have never known.
Every great leader learns from someone else. Whether it is a previous boss or parent, leaders learn from someone. Many times you can trace a bad leader’s habits back to a prior boss. They were taught to handle people a certain way and that is all they know. Is that their fault? To an extent, it is.
Everyone of us has the ability to go outside our current circle of influence and find other mentors. This can be as easy as Youtube or a book, to going as far as finding an actual person with which to meet. When we stop learning, then we stop growing and getting better.
I love leadership and everything that it entails, but I am not even close to knowing all the answers. Society changes and so do trends. What worked yesterday does not always work tomorrow. We have to stay current and when possible ahead.
A simple first step that can be taken is to find a simple leadership blog. Read one a day and apply it to that day’s activities. See how people respond to your new found techniques. You may be surprised at what you find. Another simple step that can be taken is to see how those around you interact with each other. After observing, try using the same basic skills others are using.
Being a leader doesn’t mean acting like those you manage, but there isn’t anything wrong with communicating the same way they do. People tend to listen to those in which they can relate. So, try looking for new people to follow and from which to take advice. Remember that leaders follow and so be careful who you follow, in order to lead well.
Where did we get the idea that failing is bad? Organized education…that’s where. Every time you chose the wrong answer it was marked wrong. If you misspelled a word or wrote a sentence wrong it was marked off. With every try there is a chance that you will get the wrong answer. That doesn’t mean you are stupid. It means you now know what doesn’t work.
I am not against education by any means. The problem with our education system is that it trains you for twelve years to not mess up…or else. We leave high school feeling like that is what the world expects too, but it doesn’t. The people I follow, listen to and take advice from are successful because they failed. They tried and tried and tried until…until they got it right.
So many are not willing to fail, because of an old mindset that has been pounded into them from childhood. You are now free to release that mentality. I know it’s hard, but go ahead and let it go. The world needs people like you who are willing to fail in order to find the answer. If an enemy is standing outside your door, but you do nothing to stop them from breaking in, then your hope may be your demise. BUT if you stand up and try different ways to stop them and finally succeed…then you have Failed in order to Succeed. It may take different paths and multiple tries, but in the end you will succeed. It is the man or woman who never gives up that I will follow, respect and honor.
If you are looking into the mirror everyday and wondering when your time will come, then begin today to change. Do something, anything to change where you are into where you want to be. Maybe it is doing five minutes of exercise to get the body you want next year. Maybe it is writing a sentence today in order to publish a book next year. Maybe it is making that one extra phone call each day to make more money in a year. It can also be as simple as reading one motivational quote each day to change your perspective a week, month or year from now.
If you have already made these changes in your life, then please inspire someone else with that same motivation. Success is what you make it. So, go and Fail…to Succeed!
Two amazing motivators who are not, physically, with us anymore are Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn. Both of these giants made a huge impact on my life…and still do. If you know either one of these two people, then you know the impact they have had on millions of others. They were the mix of pure passion and philosopher (Zig and Rohn respectfully). And those two words don’t even begin to scratch the surface.
You would walk away from one of their seminars, CD’s, or books and feel like you could conquer the world. The obstacles that were there before were now opportunities. With every breath, they would hack away at your old self and cause you to rise up into this magnificent warrior of a person.
Zig had this saying that went, “You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.” Simply put…become everyone else’s biggest fan. Another saying goes like this…”No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Sacrifice a little bit of your time to help others and you will be rewarded more than you know.
There isn’t a year that goes by that I don’t listen to one of their CD’s or open one of their books. If you have never experienced either one of these two personalities, then I encourage you to do so. I will leave you with this, “Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.” – Jim Rohn
Success starts with you. If you have a major goal that you are wanting to tackle, then you need to start off small. Sometimes we get so caught up in the final outcome that we miss the journey it takes to get us there. Maybe you are having trouble knowing where to start or doubting that you can even achieve your dream. If this is you, then take a minute to digest these next few lines. In order to feel a sense of accomplishment you have to start achieving something…anything. Maybe you have a dream of owning your own business, running a marathon, or writing a book. The only thing is that it seems too daunting. Then pick something entirely different to achieve. You might be thinking…”Where is he going with this?” But let me explain. In order to muster the courage to start something big, you have to believe in yourself. Sometimes it takes a sense of accomplishment in another part of your life, in order to begin a new goal. This might be as simple as remembering back to a time when you did achieve or accomplish something great. It might also mean starting something new. Those who have succeeded recently have the confidence to do it again. The more you achieve the more you try. So, if you need a winning track record before you jump into this new dream feet first, then by all means pick something small and keep moving forward until that day comes when you are ready to step out and say “I’m ready”. Success starts with you!
Jesus was a Follower. What a great post by Dan Rockwell a.k.a. Leadership Freak. Check it out when you get a chance. Some solid truths on being a great leader and a great follower.
Last I checked we are all in a state of following. We read books by people we admire or look up to. We listen to radio stations or watch tv programs with people we respect or like. We imitate celebrities in movies. We jump into the fastest moving lane, because others are whizzing by.
Leadership is learned and we need to be careful who we follow, and who is following us (ex. our children, because they are watching).